testimonials

“I made a last-minute decision to attend one of the 2019 Magically Mundane workshops and it far-exceeded all of my expectations. Alex is a true artist in every sense of the word, and learning from her was the single best business investment I’ve made. Seven months later, I am still benefiting from the things I learned at her workshop and growing as an artist myself. 100% would recommend The Magically Mundane Workshop!”

Elise Schmitter, @eliseschmitterphoto

 

 

“I came away from the Magically Mundane workshop with my eyes wide open, full of wonder, refreshed, and hopeful. Alex’s kind demeanor, patience, and heart for teaching are deep and genuine. I was inspired to really dive into photographing motherhood in a practical sense, but also in a heart sense too. I left with peace and excitement about the future of my business, but maybe even more so, for mothering my own three. Magically Mundane will bless you immeasurably.”

-Leigh Fabozzi, @leigh_elizabeth

 

 

“The magically mundane workshop is seriously the best workshop ever. It has transformed the way I photograph motherhood and the way I run my business in the most amazing way. I walked away learning valuable lessons and feeling so free, being able to do what I want to do regardless of what others think. Alex is the most wonderful teacher. She is so down to earth, and her story has inspired me in my journey becoming a motherhood photographer. The portfolio building shoots are amazing. The models are all beautiful and so easy to work with. All in all, I love this workshop so much that I want to do it all again. If becoming a motherhood photographer is your dream, if learning about film is your goal, you must come to Alex’s workshop!!! You will never regret it!”

-Lucy Tran, @lucytranphotography

 

 

“Alex is one of my favorite family photographers out there. I had been longing to attend a Magically Mundane workshop from the second she announced them! It was refreshing to meet her and find out she is exactly as I thought and what she seems to be. Alex gave me the permission and confirmed my desire to slow down and simplify in an industry that preaches more, better, faster, and volume. I enjoyed it very much!”

-Brianna Wilbur, @briannawilburphoto

 

 

“It’s hard for me to into words what all I came away with from the MM weekend in Portland. Really, it was SO wonderful and it’s made such an impact on my life and my business. If someone were to ask me about it, I would probably say something along the lines of:

First, Alex is one of the most authentic people I have ever met. She is exactly who you think she is. She is warm, welcoming, and also happens to be incredibly talented, so it’s not a surprise that I came away from the weekend at Magically Mundane feeling rested, inspired, and ready to push my creativity to the next level. I’m still in touch with many of the women I met in Portland via social media and am constantly inspired by what they are doing in the industry – the community created via MM has been almost as beneficial as the weekend itself, not to mention the amazing photographs I came home with after 3 sessions working with Alex in Portland. Highly recommend!”

-Tara Fry, @tarafryphotography

 

 

“The Magically Mundane Workshop was the perfect space for me to learn and become more confident with shooting film and capturing love with families. Alex was so receptive of our questions and doubts and made an effort to make us comfortable shooting with more connection and intent. It was also so rewarding meeting and working with other photographers in a supportive setting and leaving knowing we had a community behind us. I recommend this experience to photographers at all levels.”

-Marie Elizabeth Tilkens, @marie.elizabeth.photo

 

 

“The Magically Mundane workshop was such a breath of fresh air. Not only were the styled shoots stunning and the setting perfect, but the entire weekend was full of laughter and connection. I made genuine connections with some incredible women who I know get to call friends. On top of all that, Alex truly puts her heart into this workshop and has created a beautiful experience for her attendees. It’s clear that she’s passionate about sharing her knowledge with other photographers and I’m so grateful for her heart and intentionality.”

-Lauren Jolly, @laurenjollyphoto

 

 

“The Magically Mundane Workshop experience is one that was truly transforming. Alex is as sweet as she is talented. She has a relaxed way of teaching and instructing that is really inspiring. Her gentle encouragement left me feeling more confident in myself. The women I met at the workshop were so kind and supportive, I am grateful to call them friends. The locations that Alex chose were beautiful and the families that modeled for us were wonderful and such a joy to photograph.  I left this workshop feeling so incredibly inspired!”

-Cassandra Boryszak, @rootedlovephoto

 

 

I’ve attended several workshops and Magically Mundane was the perfect blend of teaching and authentic experience – consistent with the brand you’ve created to evoke the beauty and appreciation of motherhood! As a mother and motherhood photographer, you’ve helped shape my perspective of how these two roles can exist seamlessly and realistically, which is such a gift as I have struggled to find balance since having my second baby. Since your workshop I’ve intentionally slowed down and focused on quality and experience rather than volume and I’ve fallen in love with photography all over again. The best part of all was I shot my first roll of film ever alongside you and my gallery was nearly flawless!”

-Natalie Yates, @natalieyatesphotography

 

 

“I am so happy that I chose to invest in the Magically Mundane Workshop, it has truly helped me take the next step to where I want my art and business to be! Alex helped me learn to create and capture the type of emotive imagery that I’ve been visualizing and trying hard to learn on my own. I wish that I would’ve invested in this valuable experience much sooner!”

-Marin Merkley, @marinmerkleyphoto

 

 

 

“The workshop came at a time when I was wrestling with how to balance jumping back into my business while also continuing to serve my family well. Alex does both of these so incredibly well and makes it look effortless in the process. After learning her heart behind capturing families and motherhood, I was encouraged to photograph what I find beautiful rather than what I hoped would look beautiful in an Instagram grid. So Alex, thank you for helping me find my passion again for creating beautiful images!”


-Cheyenne Secrist @cheyenneleaphotography

 

 

 

 

“The Magically Mundane Workshop is perfectly named because there is always a little magic present when learning from Alex. Her soulful approach to photography is beyond inspiring!”


-Alice Thigpen @aliceclairephotography

 

 

Over these last few years, the goodness and beauty Alex has shared online and with others has paralleled with my own journey into rest, simplicity, and a deeper sense of beauty in life. How Alex views the world is through the lens of love and wonder, especially for the most overlooked parts of motherhood. She gives voice and image to the moments that are so easily passed by. Alex’s Magically Mundane worksop is an extension and beautiful authentic representation of who Alex is and what she brings to life around her and out of others. Every discussion, every topic, every shoot, every detail of the worksop was created and cultivated with intention.

There are not many people in this world that make you feel at home within your own art and skill set, but Alex does in so many ways. This workshop gave me the permission and freedom to capture and offer the type of photography that moves my heart and brings life back to my work.

I am forever grateful.”

 


-Lillie Duncan @lillie.duncan

 

 

 

“ Just got back from your #magicallymundaneworkshop with a grateful heart! It was not only a photography workshop, but a safe space where we were allowed to let go of our doubts and fears! Alex’s concepts of motherhood photography is so unique, and her calm and easy going approach of life and motherhood is evident in her work. That same serene and peaceful approach is felt throughout the entire workshop! This workshop was a game changer for my life business! It gave me the permission to be me, to run my business the way I want to run it, to let go of perfectionism, to just sit back, observe, be story teller, and to capture my future clients as they are.

Coming from a market where photography is go go go, this workshop opened my eyes to another side of photography I didn’t know existed. It gave me all the reassurance I needed! This workshop taught me that it’s okay to slow down, and that quality is better than quantity. Alex’s photographs have a special and effortless feel to them, and she made sure she shared all of her techniques and secrets to achieving emotion filled photographs. Alex made sure we were heard, felt, and seen! She was transparent, an open book, leaving no detail unnoticed! From the bottom of my heart, I just want to say thank you, and express my deepest gratitude to you! I will forever hold you and your workshop in my heart! Being a photographer for over a decade, you lit the fire back into my soul, and I can’t wait to apply everything I learned into my business, and LIFE!


-Alan Phillip @alanphillip

 

 

 

“The Magically Mundane workshop was such an absolute breath of fresh air! Alex’s demeanor is so calming and gentle–yet confident and stoic. For someone like me who comes into family sessions feeling like I need to be exuding an overly excited energy, Alex really taught me to slow down and open my eyes to what really is unfolding before me. And that’s when the MAGIC really happens. When we slow down, see, connect, and feel what is right in front of us, that’s when we can make any mundane moment truly magical.”

-Emma Harms @emmaharmsphotography

 

 

 

“I knew I was in for a treat when I decided to book one of Alex’s workshop spots in Charleston and boy did it live up to every expectation! From heartfelt conversations to making a new friend in her {and with the other attendees} and to just being an open book, Alex made me {and everyone} feel at ease and created a safe/easy space for learning, questions, and content! Not to mention that of course the styled sessions were planned perfectly with gorgeous families and my only complaint is that we didn’t all have more time together. Highly recommend to anyone that is on the fence or looking to book — you won’t be disappointed!”


-Jenn Beck @jbmariephotography

 

 

 

“From the very first time I stumbled upon Alex’s feed, her gentle spirit and love for all things motherhood resonated deeply with my own mama heart. The Magically Mundane workshop she led in Charleston absolutely filled my cup and fed my creative spirit. I left feeling inspired to allow more of myself and my own motherhood to reflect into the moments I capture for clients. Even more so, however, it challenged me in my own motherhood journey – to be more present, more intentional, more aware.”


-Kristie Lloyd @kristielloydphotography

 

 

 

“Alex was everything I thought she would be and more! Not only do I admire her photography work, but enjoy following along in her motherhood journey as well. She was so transparent and helpful about her business and provided so many insightful tips and tools for film users as well as digital. The two sessions she planned for us were beautiful and I enjoyed getting to see her work in action as well as the many other talented photographers there. I absolutely would recommend this workshop to anyone! I came home feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to take my business to the next level.”


-Marissa Kinney

 

 

 

 

“The workshop was so inspiring and challenged us to really look at who we are and why we create. I loved watching Alex work and getting to work alongside her! It was a wonderful creative reset and a really special experience.”


-Kristen Howell

 

 

 

 

Taking a workshop with Alex is so inspirational! Aside from Alex being the kindest, most thoughtful person you’ll ever meet, I came away from the Magically Mundane Workshop inspired, more creative, and a better photographer. She pushed me to think outside of the box in my photography and also affirmed my desire to prioritize my family. I would 100% take another workshop from Alex in the future and absolutely love learning from her!


-Hannah Giddings @hannahlanephotography

 

 

 

 

The Magically Mundane workshop was a memorable experience. Alex exudes graciousness and warmness and is so open and willing to share all of her knowledge, as well as her heart. I left feeling like not only had I gained a mentor and friend in Alex but in an entire community of women who also attended. It was truly a worthwhile experience.


-christina Siezmore @goodgracesphotography

 

 

 

 

I’ve followed Alex for a while and knew her workshop was the perfect opportunity when my creative heart needed a refresh. She is an excellent teacher with a genuine interest in who she mentors. After her workshop I am more confident in running my business in a way that’s right for me. I have more family time, raised my prices and am booked MONTHS in advance. If you have doubts, put them aside, you won’t regret learning from this inspiring mama!


-Grace Paul @gracepaulphotography

 

 

 

 

“The Magically Mundane Workshop was a fulfilling experience. Alex gave me the knowledge and confidence to slow down the digital world of photography and to inspire my work with purity of intentions. To build deep connections within myself and to whom I will capture.”

– Tracy Stoddard @tracystoddard

 

 

“I knew that when I made the decision to sign up for the magically mundane workshop with Alex, I was finally being intentional with my business. Giving my time and attention to what pulls at my soul; Motherhood. Allowing myself the opportunity to learn from someone who truly knows how to capture motherhood and families in such a raw and vulnerable way has blessed my business and my family. Alex really dived into the how and the WHY behind creating portraiture that’s so relatable, it’s impossible not to connect with. That paired with her knowledge of film and it’s different strengths and flexibilities made the workshop an irreplaceable experience! Plus the added bonus of meeting and connecting with other encouraging photographers from around the states!”

-Shauntel Gull

 

“Alex’s Magically Mundane workshop is so perfectly named because it is everything she embodies in herself, her work, and her family. Everything Alex does is from the heart and with intention—she teaches that there is beauty when we slow down and in all of those mundane moments of slowness, memories are made. Her calm, but confident presence makes everyone feel at ease and l am forever grateful that she shared her heart and mind with me. I now feel freedom to capture my own version of magic in all of the mundane moments.”

-Courtney Houk

 

Alex has so beautifully thought out each moment of the Magically Mundane Workshop, it’s truly unlike any other experience in the motherhood photography field. She’s every bit as wonderful in person as you’d expect and speaks from her heart in the most encouraging and beautiful way. I left this workshop with more confidence in my film work, practical advice for documenting a family’s story, and even more importantly – perspective on running my business as a mother. Her unique and heartfelt process, both with the workshop and with clients, is seen so clearly in the work she shares and in the images her attendees create. 

Caitlyn Motycka Photography